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The Fall and Game of Thrones vie for IFTA awards

By Sara Neill

Two award-winning TV series filmed in Northern Ireland are going head-to-head on the red carpet.

The Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) take place in less than a month, and Game of Thrones and The Fall have been pitted against each other.

They are both in the best drama category, receiving three votes each from the panel of experts who compiled the shortlist.

Holywood actor Jamie Dornan has been nominated for best Actor in a Lead Role in Drama for his portrayal of Paul Spector. The second series of the haunting drama saw the creepy serial killer stalking police chief Stella Gibson across some of Belfast's best-known spots, including the Merchant Hotel.

Aisling Franciosi is also up for the gong for best actress in a supporting role in drama. She plays schoolgirl Katie Benedetto, who is manipulated by Spector into hiding his evil deeds.

She is up against veteran Irish actor Liam Cunningham who stars as Davos Seaworth in the TV adaptation of George RR Martin's fantasy novels.

A local film that made the big time, Boogaloo and Graham, is up for best short film.

The story about two boys and their pet chickens in 1970s Belfast won the gong at the Baftas and missed out on taking the same title at the Oscars earlier this year.

Jimmy Nesbitt's role in offbeat comedy Gold has him tipped to win the IFTA for best actor in a supporting role in a film.

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